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SHSU Update For Week Of June 4


Leadership Series Trains With Two Speakers

Speakers Robert J. Schout and Doug Kruse will discuss different aspects of leadership for two training sessions during the Correctional Management Institute of Texas’ Leadership Series on July 7 and July 18.

The July 7 session, featuring Schout, will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Criminal Justice Center’s Killinger Auditorium.

He will discuss leadership styles and its appropriateness pertaining to task assignments, delegation of responsibilities and creating climates of success; fundamental skills for developing people, creating empowerment zones at work, and dealing effectively with politics; enhancing the performance and productivity of your staff; and how to lead organizations or employee groups in the midst of change, among other topics.

Kruse will discuss “Increasing Your Leadership Capability” from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 18 in the Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom, in the Beto Criminal Justice Center.

Both workshops are free and open to the public, as well as those affiliated with probation and parole, law enforcement, TDCJ and the SHSU College of Criminal Justice.

“One of our goals is to provide quality leadership programs to the corrections field, and we’re trying to expand on our leadership trainings,” said Christie Davidson, CMIT interim director.

Both courses offer seven training hours for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice’s Community Justice Assistance Division, Texas Juvenile Probation Commission and the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education.

Registration, which will be held at 7:45 a.m. on both days, is required, as seating will be limited for both sessions.

The Criminal Justice Center is located at Bobby K. Marks Drive and Bearkat Boulevard, formerly Avenue I and 16th Street. For more information on the July 7 event, contact Sara Nash at 936.294.3073, or Sharese Hurst at 936.294.1687 or, and for more information on the July 18 speaker, call 936.294.1705 or 936.294.1706 or e-mail or


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PGA/PGM To Have Annual Meeting

Sam Houston State University’s PGA of America/Professional Golf Management program will host the annual PGA/PGM Spring Meeting June 4-6.

All of the directors of the 17 PGA/PGM universities in the United States, their assistants, and representatives from the PGA will be in Huntsville for two days of meetings.

The event begins Sunday afternoon with golf at the Whispering Pines course near Trinity. There will be meetings in the Lowman Student Center Monday and Tuesday mornings.

Participants will play golf Monday afternoon at Raven Nest and Tuesday afternoon at Elkins Lake. There is also a dinner at the Peabody Library on Monday night.

“We are very excited to be hosting this event,” said Rich Ballinger, director of the SHSU PGA/PGM program. “It gives us the opportunity to show all of these people our university and the wonderful amenities that we have. I am sure they will all be impressed with the great golf that we have in this area as well.”


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Mickey’s Memorial Tournament To Tee Off June 16

Mickey’s Memorial Golf Tournament, benefiting the Fisher Tull Endowed Scholarship, will be held June 16 at the Wedgewood Golf Course in Conroe.

Tim and Charlotte Tull, son and widow of composer and distinguished professor of music Fisher “Mickey” Tull, are coordinating this year’s event.

The four-person scramble will begin with an 8 a.m. shotgun start.

Players may enter as members of teams or individually, to be placed on a team.

The entry fee of $99 per player includes practice balls, cart, refreshments and lunch.

For those unable to play, sponsorships are also available at $100 per hole, with advertisements on a tee box, and $99 to sponsor a music/student golfer as a "designated hitter."

Direct contributions to the scholarship fund are also encouraged.

The scholarship is awarded every fall to an incoming freshman wind or string player.

Students are nominated by their studio teacher and the audition is judged by a panel of faculty and members of the Tull family.

Winners are selected on the basis of musicianship and potential for leadership in the School of Music.

Entry fees and contributions should be sent to: Tim Tull, 414 Reinerman, Houston, Texas, 77007.


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Equine Specialization Breaks New Ground For Ag Dept.

A newly-created specialization within the SHSU Department of Agricultural Sciences’ animal science program was recently featured on, an online magazine.

The article discussed SHSU’s first breaking and training course and the donation of seven registered fillies trained by students this past spring as part of the course.

“We took seven 2-year olds on loan from (Huntsville-area resident) Floyd Moore, who is one of the largest paint horse breeders in the nation, if not the world,” said Matt McMillan, assistant professor of animal science and equine program director. “They were halter-broke when we received them, but they basically hadn’t been touched by humans in about a year.

“Most of them came along great; most of the kids did very good,” he said. “We had a pretty big semester; we had a nice start.”

McMillan joined the SHSU faculty in January and taught three different courses in the spring, two on horses, he said.

As director of what he hopes will become a full-fledged program, McMillan said he envisions the program growing, already having created several courses for the upcoming year and a university horse judging team, to include a Collegiate Horseman’s Association chapter; hosting more judging clinics for high school students, the first of which was held this year by the SHSU judging team; hosting an area Future Farmers of America contest; establishing an open horse show; and, eventually developing a horse breeding program for SHSU.

“There is a tremendous amount of interest out there in the equine area,” he said. “More and more universities are putting in equine programs, and the reason for that, simply stated, is that in the state of Texas last year, there was $13 billion spent on equine and equine related items.

The university has already received six horse donations in addition to the seven that were loaned to the department for the course and is always looking for more donations or loans to continue the breaking and training course, McMillan said.

A similar article was also featured on the American Paint Horse Association Web site and may be included in one of the APHA’s written journals, McMillan said.

For more information on the equine area, call McMillan at 936.294.1214 or e-mail


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Education Awards 160 Scholarships

A total of $48,600 in scholarships was awarded to students seeking bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees at the recent 28th annual College of Education Honors Presentation and Reception.

Students from the departments of curriculum and instruction, educational leadership and counseling, health and kinesiology, language literacy and special populations, and library science received a total of 160 scholarships, as well as awards for exemplary performance, by department chairs and faculty members.

Undergraduate students accounted for 78 of the scholarships and awards, and 82 were presented to graduate students.

“What an honor and blessing it was to be chosen by the scholarship committee to receive such an award as I have been given,” said Jessica Barbier, senior academic studies major who received the Gibbs A. and Lela M. Wynne Scholarship. “Receiving this scholarship will help me reach my goal of becoming an elementary teacher.”

In addition to family members and friends of the recipients, scholarship donors were present as well as several faculty, staff, and administrators from across campus.

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SHSU Media Contacts: Frank Krystyniak, Julia May, Jennifer Gauntt
June 4, 2006
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